PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s tennis team returned to its winning ways on Saturday night, defeating the University of New Mexico by a score of 6-1 at the Hecht Tennis Center. With the win, the Quakers snapped a two-match losing streak and improved to 4-2 at home this season.
Penn was unable to seize the doubles point, but responded with a clean sweep of singles. Austin Kaplan and Nicholai Westergaard posted the lone doubles’ win at No. 1, continuing what has been a stellar spring for the duo. Freshman pair Kyle Mautner and Dmitry Shatalin dropped a tiebreaker at No. 3, while Matt Nardella and Thomas Spratt fell 6-4 at No. 2.
Besides Mautner’s 7-6 (5), 3-6, 10-8 win at No. 1, it was all straight-set affairs for Penn in singles. Senior captain Vim De Alwis made it four wins in a row at the second slot, registering a 6-4, 6-2 win over Bart Van Leijsen. Westergaard battled through a second-set tiebreaker to clinch his match at No. 5 -- while Josh Pompan (6-2, 6-2), Matt Nardella (6-4, 6-4), and Blaine Willenborg (6-3, 6-2) made relatively quick work of their opponents.
The Quakers are back at home next weekend, welcoming Penn State to the Hecht Center on Sundat at noon.
No. 1: Kyle Mautner def. Hayden Sabatka, 7-6 (5), 3-6, 10-8
No. 2: Vim De Alwis def. Bart Van Leijsen, 6-4, 6-2
No. 3: Josh Pompan def. Ricky Hernandez-Tong, 6-2, 6-2
No. 4: Matt Nardella def. Jorge Escutia, 6-2, 6-4
No. 5: Nicholai Westergaard def. Augustus Ge, 6-1, 7-6 (5)
No. 6: Blaine Willenborg def. Rodolfo Jauregui, 6-3, 6-2
No. 1: Austin Kaplan/Westergaard def. Sabatka/Van Leijsen, 7-6 (10-8)
No. 2: Ge/Jauregui def. Nardella/Thomas Spratt, 6-4
No. 3: Escutia/Hernandez-Tong def. Mautner/Dmitry Shatalin, 7-6 (5)